What Was AOC Saying to Gaetz During the McCarthy Vote? – Watch
The drama continues in the new Republican-led House of Representatives over the vote for who will become the Speaker of the House. There has been lots of talk about a discussion that took place during the voting process between Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Some indicated that Gaetz was telling Ocasio-Cortez about a possible Democrat-led bail-out during Tuesday’s vote.
The video footage, without audio, showed the two speaking to each other and it’s possible that Gaetz was telling Ocasio-Cortez that McCarthy believed Democrats would bail him out and allow him to win the speakership, this is according to “The Intercept.”
Apparently, Ocasio-Cortez assured Gaetz that her party would not vote in favor of McCarthy and that she had spoken to other Democrats who supported her answer.
“McCarthy was suggesting he could get Dems to walk away to lower his threshold,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Intercept. “And I fact checked and said absolutely not.”
Ocasio-Cortez was also seen talking to Republican Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar about reports of a possible adjournment.
McCarthy was not able to get the 218 votes required to become Speaker in the 118th Congress. Congress was forced to cast a third ballot, something that had not occurred since December 1923. In the first two ballots, McCarthy accrued 203 votes and only 202 in the third.
Democratic New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries received the 212 votes necessary to step into his party’s leadership role. This is the first time since 2007 that a Democratic leader has earned the support of every member of their party.
Rep. Jim Jordan seems to be the favorite to win the GOP vote if McCarthy continues to be unable to garner enough votes to win the gavel. But it looks like the drama is going to continue for some time.
What happened here? Can anyone read lips? pic.twitter.com/r7PR3Srcyg
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